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Prince George's County has a new county executive, who in turn made sure the county has both a new police and fire chief.

In some of his first moves in office, Rushern Baker announced he would not retain Police Chief Roberto Hylton and Fire Chief Eugene Jones. Both moves were expected, especially the ouster of Hylton, who's come under increasing fire following the arrests of three police officers in a federal corruption probe that also led to the arrest of former county executive Jack Johnson and his wife, new County Councilmember Leslie Johnson.

They will be far from the only changes Baker will make. During his inaugural address, Baker promised changes in county schools, starting with teachers.

"[For] those that should not be there, we are going to counsel them, and provide them with another profession. For those teachers, the young ones that come in here, that are energetic, we want to make sure we keep them," Baker says.

During his successful campaign for county executive, Baker lamented the fact many younger teachers end up leaving the county because they get paid better in other jurisdictions.

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